Free Markets, Free People

Settled Science?

According to Rasumssen, when it come to the topic global warming a majority of Americans don’t believe that to be true:

Most Americans (52%) believe that there continues to be significant disagreement within the scientific community over global warming.

While many advocates of aggressive policy responses to global warming say a consensus exists, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of adults think most scientists agree on the topic. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure.

That, of course, is a direct refutation of a statement by presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs:

“I don’t think … [global warming] is quite, frankly, among most people, in dispute anymore.”

Additionally, the majority of Americans are skeptical of the efficacy of climate scientist’s data – and this is not a result of Climaquiddick:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans say it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data to support their own theories and beliefs about global warming. Thirty-five percent (35%) say it’s Very Likely. Just 26% say it’s not very or not at all likely that some scientists falsified data.

This skepticism does not appear to be the result of the recent disclosure of e-mails confirming such data falsification as part of the so-called “Climategate” scandal. Just 20% of Americans say they’ve followed news reports about those e-mails Very Closely, while another 29% have followed them Somewhat Closely.

It will be interesting to see what Climaquiddick does to those numbers, especially since the scandal seems to have spread to NASA here.

Rasmussen’s poll contradicts the myths of scientific consensus or “settled science”. Additionally, it points out that not only are the majority of Americans skeptical of the science, but given the recent scandal, that percentage is likely to grow.

Meanwhile, James Delingpole updates us on the latest and greatest concerning Climaquiddick.



9 Responses to Settled Science?

  • Yes it is no longer in dispute, er except for the fact that every climate computer model has failed, all the original data has been destroyed, and non of the previous predictions have come true.
    But except for that, yeah it is setteled.

  • It’s amazing how being caught lying damages ones credibility. 

    I cannot comprehend the 19% who still believe.  They must be the ones who reply to the cheating spouse  caught in the act. "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"  "Why you, of course honey."
    The dog did not eat their homework, people.  This is the prelude to the largest robbery in human history. 

  • Some key points:
    Only to the Chicken Little crowd is this “settled science.” To everyone else, nothing is settled.
    Al Gore is looking more and more like a nutburger each passing day.
    The Left can toss aside this e-mail scandal all they wish, but I believe it is the crack that will burst the dam against “climate change.”
    The move to pass Crap and Trade is becoming more and more tenuous. If the Demmies and The Clown™ wish to get this through the US Senate, they can count on more of their seats being lost in the near future. It is already going to cost a load of House members their seats.

    People who oppose Crap and Trade and oppose “climate change” legislation that will ruin our economy are winning the argument. We need to keep the pressure on those who hold onto this fairy tale of lies and fraud. Their arguments are specious and lack merit. We have history on our side, and we have science on our side. We need to keep up the fight and watch the other side buckle and cave.

  • The fact that they have to continue to use the word “consensus’ instead of demonstrating the proven science is telling.
    There was once a “consensus” that the earth was flat, and I’m sure at one point some talking head for the Catholic Church uttered the phrase –
    “I don’t think … [Earth is flat!] is quite, frankly, among most people, in dispute anymore.”

  • Mr. Gibbs is either frightenly out-of-touch, or a pathological lier.

  • Schwarzenegger buys in.
    In other news – Governor Q. Warren Krapkin of the Los Locos Home for the Slightly Unbalanced also revealed his map of what the world will look like when the Valar lose their temper and create  Middle Earth as a result of the unrepentant Numenorians pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.

  • As usual, you dense righties are scum because you want to deny global warming, which is settled science among enlightened wise leftists. As I’ve explained before, we get to set the rules on this. You don’t get a vote. We’ve decided that global warming is real and that it’s the biggest threat ever faced by mankind and that you must immediately give us almost complete control over your lives to fight it. People who think otherwise are scum who want people to die for their twisted beliefs. I decree it.

    This CRU thing means nothing. It was just scientists bantering back and forth. And they did not either lose the data – it’s all on the original servers, and you can get it any time you want, and you’re just lying scum if you keep talking about how the data is lost. Just because there’s a hundred or a thousand times as much data on the original servers and you have no way of knowing which data CRU used is beside the point, and I don’t know why you bring it up. You grunt engineer types ought to be able to solve that in a jiffy. And just shut up about flaws in the computer code, just shut up about that! You know we wise social scientists don’t specialize in that kind of geeky stuff. It’s like you guys not knowing Greek. Well, actually, I don’t know Greek either, but plenty of wise leftists in the next building over on campus do, so we’re still way ahead of you there.

    And don’t start up with anything about breaking the law by conspiracy to evade Freedom of Information requests. We on the left know, as you rightie scum clearly don’t, that such laws were never intended to apply to wise leftists with wonderful intentions. Those laws are to catch corrupt right-wing politicians who try to hide their vicious activities, though off-hand I can’t name any of those because almost all right-wingers we’ve brought down lately have been for the sexual stuff that you repressed righties are such suckers for.

    Don’t start up about the computer code either! That’s just grunt engineer stuff anyway, and we know that kind of thing pales in comparison to the delicate and wise sensibilities of people like Obama and me who have proven that we have the best interests of everyone at heart. How you can continue to be impervious to Obama’s Christlike visage is just a puzzle to me. Do you dense and insensitive righties simply have no feeling for the higher sensibilities of world historical figures such as Obama? No, you don’t, but what else should I expect from scum.

    You’ll see. This whole Climategate thing will blow over soon. I have an unparalleled record in predicting things, and I can assure you of it. Why, I predicted that Obama would win, and that alone makes me an obvious near-psychic on political matters. And you guys all predicted McCain would win, even the ones who never actually said that or even said Obama might win. You really thought McCain would win! Admit it! And I knew all along you were wrong. Of course the fact that I have an advanced degree that is not either a pointless pile of random pontificating and a book that is not either from a vanity press that suckers social scientists are the reasons why I’m so good at that sort of thing.

    And stop talking about stuff I supposedly got wrong! Iraq is going to spin out of control any day now! It is, it is, it is! And that scummy Sarah Palin! I’m sure all the rumors about her getting indicted for kitchen repairs were completely true, but you vicious scummy righties did something to subvert the courageous journalists and Democrats trying to bring her down. And Jimmy Carter is wise and wonderful, and John Kerry is a stainless knight, and the market does not adjust by itself, there’s no reason to believe it does. And Obama is going to cut spending because he said he would! He is, I tell you! I’ve been right about every single one of these things! I have! I decree it! And Obama is going to give us wonderful, free healthcare which is exactly the right thing to do even though I also think that sort of thing should be done by the states. And that’s not either a contradiction, because we wise post-modernists understand the advanced concept of multiple truths, which continues to elude you dense righties, especially the ex-military basket cases still suffering from post-traumatic stress.

    You people are such scum and such intellectually dishonest ideologues that I had to stop coming here, and the fact that I came back again doesn’t either prove that I was dishonest when I said I was leaving, so stop saying that.

  • Remember how the “deniers” are subsidized by “big oil” .. well Gerald R. Davis (Group Planning, Shell International Petroleum, London, UK) and Douglas D McKay of Shell International Limited, London show up on a few of the CRU e-mails …

    Thank all of you who have attended the SRES Lead Authors’ meeting (17-19 September 1997) (0876171248).
    Meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California to review the work progress of the four modeling groups (0884731847).
    Request for firm number of attendees to IPCC SRES Meeting (0885318160).
    Report of minutes of minutes of the SRES informal modelers’ meeting (0887665729).
    RE-schedule of the next IPCC-SRES Full Authors meeting will be held the week of 27 April 1998 (0888364876).
    Info on upcoming IPCC SRES meeting (0888611422).
    A solicitation for review of the influence of social and economic policies on future carbon emissions for the SRES (0889047457).
    Sending you a copy of Ged Davis’ IPCC-SRES Zero Order Draft on storylines and scenarios (0889554019).
    Change of venue for Lead Authors meeting (0893188400).
    Guidelines on how to present the IS99 storylines and scenarios (0894639050).
    Info on upcoming next SRES Lead Authors meeting in Beijing, China (0904080701).
    Request for RSVPs to next SRES Meeting (0904762907).
    A solicitation of input for the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES) AR3 (0914013281).
    In 0962818260, they mention a meeting to have Shell “… accept an invitation to act as a strategic
    partner and will contribute to a studentship fund …”